Finishing My New Dream Home
Finishing my new dream home has been a bit of a nightmare lately. I am not sure where to begin this week except to say that I am frustrated, frustrated, and frustrated with this home building process. This is our second home to build but they have been completely different. Our first home was turn-key and we were not as involved with everything that went into the home.
With this house, we are completely involved in every step of the process. I would not have it any other way but it has been so stressful and so frustrating at times.
Our builders have been wonderful. I have had no complaints with them. It is just dealing with everything else and getting everyone else lined up that has been such a pain in my behind. We pay our builders hourly and they show up and do their job. They have done a great job I might add.
Choosing Tile (My 1st Nightmare)
Choosing my tile flooring has been the worst thing of this entire process. It really has. It has made me cry and made me want to scream. Let me start by going back a month. A month ago we ordered our tile floor. We ordered it several days in advance as we were told to do. We were assured that this tile was always in stock and all they needed was a couple of days in advance.
So, at the beginning of one week we called and ordered our tile. We then get a phone call saying this tile was backordered and it would be in the next week. This was super frustrating but we dealt with it. The next week came and we never got a call to pick it up so we called. We were informed yet again that the tile was on backorder but it was coming in on Monday. ..Monday being the Monday before Thanksgiving. Monday rolls around and there is still no phone call. So, we call again and they tell us it should be in by Wednesday and if not it would be the Monday after Thanksgiving. Well, that Monday comes and goes and still no phone call.
Backordered Yet Again..Ugh
On Wednesday I call and ask where our tile is. They inform me that it is supposed to be on the truck that day (Wednesday) and they will call and let me know what time we can come pick it up. Well, 2:00 rolls around and no phone call. So, I call them back. They then tell me the tile was not on the truck and they were not sure why or when it would come in. I had to take a few deep breaths so I was not ugly. I explained we could not keep waiting and that we were already behind from having to wait. So, I hop in my vehicle and head to pick out more tile.
Choosing More Tile (My 2nd Nightmare)
I go to a different flooring store this time called Adair. They were very nice and helpful. I explained my situation and told them I needed flooring by Friday at the latest. We ordered everything and they told me it was in stock 2 hours away. She said that if the tile was not in she would go get it personally so that we could pick it up on Friday. Remember, I had to pick out something different because my first choice is out of stock.
It is Yellow? Really?
Friday comes and we head to pick up our tile. We get there and everything is in. They load everything onto the truck and trailer. As we were pulling out I look back and see yellow coming from the tile boxes. I look at my husband and said “Is that tile yellow?” He says “yes” is that not what you ordered? NOOOOOO it is not what I ordered. So, here we go again. I walk inside with tears in my eyes to pick up the sample that we ordered from. We pull a sample out of the boxes and one is grey and ivory (the sample). The other is yellow and gold. Yes, yellow and gold. The sales person came out and agreed they were very different and she also knew how strongly I disliked gold as I expressed that to her up front.
At this point I had tears and I was snotting (if that’s a word). She took me back inside to pick out more. We picked out the closest thing we could find to what we were supposed to have just gotten. Unfortunately, this tile had to be ordered and the earliest we could get it was Thursday (yesterday). So, we loaded up the trailer and finally picked up our tile yesterday.
Choosing my Final Tile
I ended up using the Mohawk Senato Porcelain Tile in Blanc. It was not my first choice or my second but we have tile. The more I look at it the more it grows on me. It still makes me nervous to think about. We are using the Mohawk porcelain tile in the laundry, master bath and master shower, and the guest bath and behind the tub. I chose neutral rocks for the floor of my shower and a marble decorative type piece to go in my shampoo stalls inside the shower.
As for my half bath I went with travertine. If travertine were not $10 per foot I would have used that everywhere. But, it is $10 a foot and is not in the budget. A friend and my husband are starting our tile floors this weekend and hopefully finishing this weekend. Our builder is going to do the shower tile work.
Underground Electricity (Another Nightmare)
So, the next worst thing in this process has been getting electricity. A work order for our underground electricity got put in last week – last Monday to be exact. Well, storms happened and guess what..no electricity last week. They told us it would be this week. Well this week came and we called and they told us it was too wet to do it this week. This was early in the week. We could not understand why they could not do it towards the end of the week but oh well.
Then, we find out it is going to be Monday. Well, it is supposed to rain Monday but they said it doesn’t matter how much because they will get it done. Soo..if that’s the case..why didn’t it get done this week?! Ugh, anyway, it’s coming Monday as far as we know.
Did I mention that because of the electricity delay and the tile delay we are not at least two weeks behind? Our cabinets were supposed to be delivered this week but because we had no floor we had to push them back to next week.
We have to have electricity/heating/air before the wood flooring is laid so it can get acclimated to the environment. So, because electricity is not coming until Monday..that means the wood floor will have to sit at least Tuesday and Wednesday. This means the wood floor has to be finished in the kitchen and study by Friday so that cabinets can be delivered then. It really gives me headache thinking about it all.
In Other News or Progress…
Now that I have vented, I will go over the positives. I really do hate complaining because I am so blessed to be building a house and blessed to even be in this situation. Although I am super frustrated right now I am still very thankful.
Anyway, in the past couple of weeks we have finished putting a coat of paint on everything, our trim around windows and doors is done, and all of our brick work is complete.
One of my favorite things about the entire house is all of my brick work. We have brick arches along the back of the home, a brick archway in the foyer, a brick wall behind our bath tub, and of course our fireplaces are brick.
Our brick guys really did a great job and we are so pleased. I also love that my brick is completely neutral which means if or when I want to change something up, the brick will still look fine. The only things we are missing in terms of brick are our backsplash (we need cabinets first) and our outdoor kitchen area (which my husband can’t make his mind up on).
Interior Doors & Trim Work
My interior doors are 8 foot tall. We have 10 foot ceilings throughout our home so 8 foot doors were a must. I am super happy with those as well. The 8 foot doors seem so grand and tall. I just love them.
As for my trim work I wanted a farmhouse style. I wanted something that you see in older homes. We used a 1×4 on each side, a 1×6 on the top, and 1x2s above and below the 1×6. I absolutely love how this turned out. It makes the entryways and doorways seem even taller. As far as pricing, I believe this did cost a bit more than traditional type trim but it was completely worth it. In this home my goal was to have touches of French country mixed with farmhouse and touch of “old.” I feel like this is exactly what I am getting.
Please! Let’s Finish Soon
Finishing my dream home is so very close but yet so much has to be done before we can move in. Over the next couple of weeks we should have (fingers crossed) flooring complete, cabinets installed, and crown molding done. Once all of that is done, we will just have the painter come back and put a final coat on everything.
When you are building a new home I think it is good to take the estimated time of move in and add a couple of weeks to that. There are always things that get in the way or things they do not happen in a timely manner. We are very much examples of that right now. No one wants to be in your new home as much as you do. So, most of those people are not going to make exceptions.
Hopefully the next time we talk everything will be finished and I will be talking all about the finished product.
Checklist of What Needs to Happen
- Tile Floor Installed
- Wood Flooring Installed
- Tile Shower in Master
- Tile Behind bathtub in Guest
- Cabinet Installation (ready and waiting on us)
- Countertop Installation
- Crown Molding
- All those other “finishing touches”
- MOVE IN